• APS-H 548.2mm2
  • 8.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark II N advantages over Sony DSLR-A380

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    APS-H vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.19 vs 5.16 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    975 vs 614 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.5 fps vs 1.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony DSLR-A380 advantages over Canon 1D Mark II N

  • Less expensive
    $849 vs $3999 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    9 years vs 13 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    762g vs 1225g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    14.2 vs 8.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 48 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Pentax K20D

Canon 1D Mark II N
Pentax K20D
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A380
Pentax K20D
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • HDMI out
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax K-7

Canon 1D Mark II N
Pentax K-7
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A380
Pentax K-7
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Pentax K-x

Canon 1D Mark II N
Pentax K-x
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $702
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A380
Pentax K-x
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • HDMI out
  • $702
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D3100

Canon 1D Mark II N
Nikon D3100
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Sony DSLR-A380
Nikon D3100
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A33

Canon 1D Mark II N
Sony A33
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A380
Sony A33
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • External Mic Jack
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